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Task force: Cash, video arcade machines seized in raid of Arkansas barbecue restaurant

By Rachel Herzog

This article was originally published April 20, 2018 at 3:50 p.m. Updated April 21, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

Authorities on Thursday night seized cash and 10 video arcade machines from an Arkansas barbecue restaurant that was the subject of a month-long investigation.

Agents with the state's First Judicial District Drug Task Force raided Gene's Barbeque in Brinkley, acting on a search warrant at the prosecuting attorney's request, according to a news release.

Several patrons inside were reportedly interviewed and released.

The Arkansas State Police assisted with the raid, which came after a month-long investigation, the task force said.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported in 2015 that Brinkley City Council member Gene DePriest is the restaurant's owner. It was unclear Friday if he was still the owner.

Authorities said the investigation, which is related to a charge of keeping a gambling house, is ongoing.

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Inquirer51 says... April 20, 2018 at 4:49 p.m.

I'm shocked, shocked, to learn that gambling is taking place in establishment!

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Plato99 says... April 20, 2018 at 4:54 p.m.

I'm shocked, too, and heartbroken. If you can't trust a barbecue joint, who can you trust?

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TravisBickle says... April 20, 2018 at 5:27 p.m.

No way!! I've been in Gene's (Sweet Pea's before that) plenty of times and I never noticed any gambling machines! Isle of Capri is just an hour away! Maybe Tommy Robinson is involved!

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obbie says... April 20, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Wondered why I got all my change in quarters...

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itryed says... April 20, 2018 at 7:25 p.m.

Aw, He'll, let em play!

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BEARTRAP919 says... April 20, 2018 at 8:03 p.m.

The Government must not have been getting their cut of the Profits, That is if it was a Gambling Enterprise.

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HenryP says... April 21, 2018 at 7:50 a.m.

Who cares?

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TimberTopper says... April 21, 2018 at 8:57 a.m.

At least they weren't taking taxpayer money and sending it to their buds at some make believe college, so that they could get a kickback.

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CartoonDude says... April 21, 2018 at 2:43 p.m.

Drug task force investigating gambling?

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